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Good word, though!

I just used the word "acumen."

Not in a sentence, mind you. Nor technically in it's proper context. I'm alone at my desk, and the word reached my lips completely unbidden.

It sounded impressive, so I figured I'd share.

Perhaps I've lost it.


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May. 20th, 2006 06:02 am (UTC)
I need your good advice.

On one hand, I have GigaStudio3 Orchestra and a bunch of good giga format samples. On the other, if I sell GS3 Orchestra, I can borrow whatever the income from that won't cover somewhat indefinitely, to buy EWQL Colossus instead.

I will still be able to use some - not all, but probably most - of my giga samples by means of the built-in sample player in Apple Logic Express (the "EXSP24 mkII").

I won't have to take GS3's registration/authorization bullcrap that they apparently still haven't scrapped since 2.x. (Or so I've heard.) At the same time I won't have the freedom that GS3 gives me, for buying new samples, etc. Of which there are more than a few that I'd like to lay my grubby little hands on.

Got any suggestions?
May. 21st, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC)
Logic Express, huh? =)

This should take your old libraries, at least, and make 'em ESX24-native. I'd play with that, see if you can live with the results, before deciding on Colossus.

Kontakt can open all my old libraries without need for a conversion, but I don't like it's interface. Things I used every day via Gigastudio, I've all but abandoned.

(I'm veering more towards synths and physical modeling now, but might not have taken those seriously if Kontakt were just a little more intuitive. ESX24 probably is, but I've never used it)
May. 22nd, 2006 05:41 am (UTC)
Re: Hmm.
Yes, Logic Express. :) When I get a job (which I hopefully will, soon) I'm going to save up for an Intel iMac.

EXS24 isn't - at least to me who is a complete idiot when it comes to synths, sound modeling and shaping and all that - intuitive at-bloody-all. While it obviously could be a simple matter of me not having the slightest idea how to tweak those knobs and sliders, it just appears a cluttered mess to me.

That converter looks quite, quite interesting but what I'm primarily after is something that, it seems, only products like Colossus can give me, which is the ease of use combined with high quality stuff. All I've so far read about it has been positive, and has confirmed that it would deliver those very things. That's what attracts me so much to Colossus, that it's a user-friendly all-in-one package.

I want something that gives me the same feeling of "what am I going to do today?" that I had with my 600+ MB of SoundFonts, that particular feeling of freedom that I can just sit down and compose whatever the heck I feel like at the moment and make it sound the way I want it to.

Speaking of music, would you like to listen to something I'm working on right now? It's so far turning out the to me most satisfying song to write in I don't know how many years. I'm starting to feel, albeit very slowly, that I might be getting back into the groove again. Tell me what you think about it!
May. 26th, 2006 07:26 am (UTC)
Re: Hmm.
That MP3 made me smile in a big way.

My first thought was that the intro/outro bears a striking resemblance to the love theme from St. Elmo's Fire, but then a later measure (at the end of the bridge) reminded me of the 1984 Winter Olympics theme, so I figure you had some kind of David Foster tribute going. It's very cool, whether you meant that or not. =)


Make sure Colossus is a universal binary, and see what it's RAM requirements are (because the iMac currently maxes out at 2GB).

You'll love the iMac, but I suspect it'll push you away from sample-based instruments. Synths are good, I say!
May. 26th, 2006 07:31 am (UTC)
1988 Winter Olympics. Not '84.

Hey, at least I got "David Foster" right.
May. 26th, 2006 07:40 am (UTC)
Re: Hmm.
Actually, the love theme from St. Elmo's Fire is one of my favorite David Foster tracks. I didn't *cough*borrow*cough* it, but realized much later that I'd unconsciously incorporated David Foster's intro. I am a big Foster fan, which I'm glad shines through because I wanted it to. :) For this song, I'm drawing inspiration from David Foster, Toto, Queen and the 80's in general. Couple that with video game & classical music influences and you've probably got it. When I get my hands on better instruments than this EDIROL soft synth (that I'll probably still mix in parts of, just to keep the old school feel), I'll make this track shine for real. For starters, I want better guitars. :P

I'm gonna write to the EastWest people today and ask when Colossus universal binary will see the light of day. Gonna write to Propellerhead too, since they're responsible for the Kompakt engine. As for synths, I wouldn't stand against moving away from sample-based instruments in the future, but right now I want familiar territory. Colossus' current recommended specs say 1 GB RAM. I wouldn't think that'd go up just for the universal binary, right?
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